Join St Peter out on the track
FOR racing purists, tomorrow is a most special day with the running of the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne.
But for the thousands of social racegoers attending St Peter's School races at Callaghan Park, the big time race and million dollars-plus horses account for little.
Curiously, St Peter's race day in Rockhampton seems to hold more appeal to patrons than the Rockhampton Cup itself which is traditionally run in June.
What started as a fundraising day organised by the St Peter's School parents association about 20 years ago, has blossomed into a “got to be seen there show” for the younger set of two-legged colts and fillies from the broader Rockhampton community.
So much so, Rockhampton Jockey Club chief executive Denis Cox is expecting a crowd of 4000-plus to attend.
“We have been pre-selling admission tickets for Saturday at our Callaghan Park offices for $15 and these are still on sale on Friday (today) at the racecourse,” Cox said.
Bookmakers who paid dearly for not adhering the pre-race hype around Final Handout before his awesome win on the track just two weeks ago are certain not to offer $5.00 or even his starting price of $3.00 when he lines-up in the $6000 Class 1 (900m).
Sure the John Poots-trained raw recruit won by 6.25 lengths on that occasion but he faces a different kettle of fish tomorrow.
Win he may but Final Handout is certainly susceptible but then again he seems advantaged through the rails barrier draw.
Trainer Jim Rundle has one of the soundest chances at the program per medium of the Sequalo three-year-old Akkabak in the Maiden Handicap (1000m).
Rundle raced Akkabak, albeit unsuccessfully, twice in Brisbane in August.
Akkabak should be suited by tomorrow's race at 3.22pm.